Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Let's hear it for the humble black and white snapshot. Inexpensive and easy to print, they were produced by the gazillions. My mom would let my brother and me take as many photos as we wanted with our Instamatic cameras - as long as we had black and white film. And while I do love me some Kodachrome color, there is room in my heart for these, too.
Thanks to a hand-written date on the back I know that both of the photos were taken on June 29th, 1958. "Jason's Disneyland Almanac" tells us that this was a Sunday; the park was open from 9 AM until midnight, and the high temperature was 79º. In spite of it being the middle of the summer, attendance was a mere 19, 587.
The ol' Chicken of the Sea pirate ship looks splendid (as seen from the Skyway), even in shades of gray. The sails are unfurled, always a bonus.
Another Skyway photo shows the Viewliner just as it has pulled away from the Tomorrowland station. In the upper left is Holiday Hill (or Snow Hill, I never know what to call that thing), with trails aplenty for amorous couples.